Jessica Schoenherr

Jessica  Schoenherr
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Political Science

BIOGRAPHY

Jessica Schoenherr joined the Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in 2014. Her primary research and teaching interests are in American political institutions and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her research agenda seeks to advance knowledge about how attorneys influence judicial behavior, and her dissertation specifically focuses on how attorneys use written legal arguments to appeal to Supreme Court justices. She is also interested in Supreme Court confirmation hearings and is working on several projects about attorney strategies and skills.


DISSERTATION

Dissertation: Attorneys, Merits Briefs, and U.S. Supreme Court Decision Making

Jessica’s primary research agenda seeks to advance scholarly knowledge about how attorneys influence judicial behavior on the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, she focuses on the most important substantive aspect of what attorneys actually do, which is develop legal arguments in written briefs. In her dissertation, Attorneys, Merits Briefs, and U.S. Supreme Court Decision Making, she investigates how attorneys use written legal arguments to appeal to Supreme Court justices. She suggests that skilled attorneys are better than novices at understanding how to strategically build a legal argument that appeals to the justices’ preferences, both legal and political. Outside of her dissertation research, she is working on several projects about attorney strategies and skills and is also interested in the Supreme Court’s interactions with the other branches of government.

Committee: Ryan Black (chair), Matthew Grossmann, Ian Ostrander, and Corwin Smidt

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